Backlight 2021
Juha Arvid Helminen

Juha Arvid Helminen

© Juha Arvid Helminen


(b. 1977 Finland)
Currently based in Helsinki, Finland.



The Invisible Empire is comprised of armies, royalty as well as religious and mystic movements. These aren’t usually associated with independence but the opposite; with traditions that see the individual as part of a continuity and belonging to a tightly formed group. For many, individuality means freedom of expression with regard to religion, sexual orientation and the right to vote. Still, the lives of others remain under the control of populist and xenophobic movements, which are gaining in popularity.

In order to hold on to the rights we have gained in the past century and to guarantee them to those who still don’t have them, we have to continue the dialogue.